|The future Buddha behind the Himalayas in Ladakh, Buddhist India|
|Meditating and striving in the forest|
The new enlightened ones (arhats) mentioned here do not deny that they have attained the first four absorptions (the "form" jhanas) that make up the definition of the Noble Eightfold Path factor "right concentration."
Instead, they simply say that they have not acquired any psychic powers that stem from developing these meditative states to a higher degree, and they say they do not remain in physical contact with the four higher levels of concentration, the immaterial states or "formless" jhanas.
In this discourse, their definition of "release by wisdom" is no different than that given in AN 9.44. (Compare this with the definitions of "bodily witness" and "released in both ways" given in AN 9.43 and AN 9.45).
|Siddhartha under tree, Mes Aynak (livescience.com)|
|The Buddha was reluctant to perform marvels|
|Enlightened beings in ancient Thai-Laotian style (Trianons/flickr.com)|